Note 4.1 People and Relations - Employee Provisions

PEOPLE AND RELATIONSHIPS

 

    2016
$'000
2015
$'000
4.1 Employee provisions
Leave 16,399 14,733
Separation and redundancy 209 -
Total employee provisions 16,608 14,733
Employee provisions are expected to be settled in:
    No more than 12 months 6,713 6,425
    More than 12 months 9,895 8,308
Total employee provisions 16,608 14,733
       

 

Accounting Policy

Liabilities for short-term employee benefits (as defined in AASB119 Employee Benefits) and termination benefits expected within 12 months of the end of the reporting period are measured at their nominal amounts.

The nominal amount is calculated with regard to the rates expected to be paid on settlement of the liability.

Other long-term employee benefits are measured as the net total of the present value of the defined benefit obligation at the end of the reporting period minus the fair value at the end of the reporting period of plan assets (if any) out of which the obligations are to be settled directly.

Leave

The liability for employee benefits includes provision for annual leave and long service leave. The liability for long service leave has been determined by reference to the short hand method prescribed under section 24 of the Financial Reporting Rule.

The leave liabilities are calculated on the basis of employees’ remuneration at the estimated salary rates that will be applied at the time the leave is taken, including Comcare’s employer superannuation contribution rates to the extent that the leave is likely to be taken during service rather than paid out on termination.

The liability for long service leave is recognised and measured at the present value of the estimated future cash flows to be made in respect of all employees at 30 June 2016. In determining the present value of the liability, attrition rates and pay increases through promotion and inflation have been taken into account.

Separation and Redundancy

Provision is made for separation and redundancy benefit payments. Comcare recognises a provision for termination when it has developed a detailed formal plan for the terminations and has informed those employees affected that it will carry out the terminations.

Superannuation

Staff of Comcare are members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS), the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS), the PSS accumulation plan (PSSap) or other superannuation schemes.

The liability for defined benefits is recognised in the financial statements of the Australian Government and is settled by the Australian Government in due course. This liability is reported in the Department of Finance's administered schedules and notes.

Comcare makes employer contributions to the employee superannuation scheme at rates determined by an actuary to be sufficient to meet the current cost to the Government. Comcare accounts for the contributions as if they were contributions to defined contribution plans.

The liability for superannuation recognised as at 30 June represents outstanding contributions for the final fortnight of the year.